Both head coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning took the blame for Sunday night’s 27-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, specifically the decision to run a pass play on third down on their final drive.
Manning ultimately threw that ball away in the face of pressure from the Cowboys defense, stopping the clock and giving Tony Romo an extra 40 seconds or so to work with on what turned into the game-winning drive.
“It’s on me right there,” Manning told the New York Daily News. “That’s clock management. Obviously just take the sack, take the 40 seconds off the clock. Give them less time. That’s 100% on me ... Can’t afford to throw it away. Got to sit in there and take the sack.”
Coughlin took it a step further and declared after the game that the he just shouldn’t have called a pass in that situation.
“It’s my fault at the end of the game,” Coughlin said. “There is nobody else to blame but me. The decision to throw the ball there on third down was not a good decision. It should have been a run, whether we scored or not.”